I think we all saw that coming didn’t we ? Briefly, in terms of the few positives, Millar looked OK, although like all these Premier League academy kids, Maatsen and Levitt included, he takes chances in his own half and lost possession a couple of times in dangerous positions. Schwartz looked OK in his very brief cameo. Apart from that only JFC emerges with credit. He never stopped trying and showing for the ball. Deji played OK but jumped in for their 2nd goal when he should have stayed on his feet.
The rest of them were pretty awful. The biggest problem in my mind is the middle of the pitch where Morgan and Gilbey were passengers and then Williams and Maddison were similarly lightweight. I have said this before but we need more energy, effort and physicality in there – more younger legs. Cullen and Gallagher did it last year, Cullen and Bielik the year before. The opposition repeatedly run through the middle of us. I cant for the life of me see why we would swop out George Lapslie from this team. Ben Dempsey probably isn’t good enough but at least he did a tidy job last year snapping away in the middle. There literally is no heart to the team.
I think if I was Bow, I would give Maatsen and Gunter a rest for the Rochdale game and bring back Matthews and Purrington. Heaven knows what he can do in the middle, maybe he needs to pack the midfield with 5 players and play Chuks on his own up front. I know its very negative but first and foremost we’ve got to stop leaking soft goals. The game last night was far too open and if we cant win 4-3 or 3-2 because we aren’t good enough up front, we need to be more defensive to string some results together — don’t be surprised if Rochdale is a 0-0.